Ways to Help the Atlantic County Democrats

THE 2016 ELECTION HAS EVERYONE ASKING “HOW CAN WE HELP DEMOCRATS WIN IN NOVEMBER?”

HERE ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP:

VOLUNTEER: The ACDC needs volunteers to help right now with phone banking, canvassing, and registering voters. On Election Day we’ll need additional trained volunteers to help with canvassing, challenging, driving, and phone banking. 

MAKE A DONATION to help defray office and candidate expenses. We can use any amount of money from $1 on up! Checks should be made out to the ACDC (Atlantic County Democratic Committee), and deposited in the Donation Jar at HQ, or donations can be mailed to: ACDC, PO Box 3155, Margate NJ 08402. 

ATTEND A FUNDRAISER

PURCHASE AND DISPLAY yard signs or bumper-stickers. 

WRITE A LETTER–TO-THE-EDITOR in support of Clinton/Kaine, Dave Cole, or one of our local candidates.

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE by getting voter registration forms to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives. Don’t forget your contacts in red-states!

Atlantic County Democrats Unveil "Courage Clock"

Today, the Atlantic County Democratic Committee unveiled the “Courage Clock” on its website to commemorate how long the Atlantic County Republicans have lacked the courage to renounce their endorsement of Donald Trump.
 
“I called on the Atlantic County Republicans to renounce their endorsement of Mr. Trump two weeks ago, and still radio silence from them,” said Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman. “Since then, Mr. Trump insinuated that gun owners should commit violence against Hillary Clinton and called the president of the United States ‘the founder of ISIS.’ This once again begs the question: do the Atlantic County Republicans support what Mr. Trump is saying, or are they too afraid to speak out against him?”
 
As of this writing, none of the Republican candidates for county office nor any Republican elected officials have publicly renounced their support of Donald Trump.
 
“In the five months since the Atlantic County Republicans endorsed Mr. Trump, the Republican candidates for county office have stood idly by while Mr. Trump mocked the disabled, made crude statements about women, and demonstrated the fundamental lack of temperament required to be commander-in-chief,” said former Freeholder and prosecutor Colin Bell. “No one has held their feet to the fire, but enough is enough. Donald Trump makes a reckless comment about ‘Second Amendment people’ taking action, especially given our nation’s sad history with assassinations, and none of them denounce this rhetoric? Give me a break.”
 
The “Courage Clock” will remain on the Atlantic County Democrats’ website until the Atlantic County Republican Committee formally renounces their endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

Brathwaite, Stokes Receive County Educators Endorsement

Yesterday, the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations (ACCEA) endorsed Democratic Freeholder candidates Brenda Brathwaite and Steve Stokes.

"There are many issues affecting education in our county. I will serve on the Board of Chosen Freeholders as an educational advocate, bringing a strong voice and common-sense solutions to those concerns," said Brathwaite, a teacher in the Atlantic City School District. "Serving on the Freeholder Board will allow me to address the needs of students outside of the classroom so they can come to school ready to learn and reach their greatest potential."

"Atlantic County's teachers are the backbone of our region, preparing the next generation for the workforce," said Stokes, am Army veteran and Union carpenter who beat incumbent Freeholder and educator Rich Dase, Jr. for the endorsement. "I am honored that our local teachers have the faith in me to get the job done for Atlantic County's families."

If elected, Brathwaite and Stokes will work tirelessly to improve the well-being of children in Atlantic County. Just recently, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) ranked Atlantic County 20th out of 21 counties for childrens' overall well-being.

The ACCEA conducted its endorsement screening with county candidates Tuesday morning. In addition to the ACCEA endorsement, Steve Stokes also received the endorsement of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO earlier this year.

Suleiman Calls on Atlantic GOP to Renounce Trump Endorsement

Today, Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman called on the Atlantic County Republicans to renounce their endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump in light of his incendiary comments towards the family of a veteran who perished fighting for our country.
 
“Donald Trump’s slander of Captain Khan’s family is shameful,” said Suleiman. “How many hateful things does Trump have to say before the Atlantic County Republicans speak out? They need to do the right thing and renounce their endorsement once and for all.”
 
In March, the Atlantic County Republican Committee endorsed Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary. Its chairman served as a Trump delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
 
“I’m still flabbergasted that the county Republicans would endorse Trump given his record of cheating businesses in Atlantic City. And yet with all of his hateful comments about women, Muslims, and Mexicans, why still radio silence by the GOP? Does the Atlantic County Republican Party endorse Trump smearing the family of fallen American soldiers or does the party simply lack the courage to speak out against it? The voters of Atlantic County deserve to know,” said Suleiman.
 
“Sometimes in public service, you need to make difficult, unpopular decisions. It is my hope that the leadership of the Atlantic County Republicans makes the right decision and renounces their endorsement of Donald Trump,” said Suleiman. “We call on Republican Chairman Keith Davis, County Executive Dennis Levinson, Assemblyman Chris Brown and other local Republican officials to follow the example of national Republicans such as Senator John McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan in denouncing Donald Trump's outrageous and incendiary comments."

Mazzeo to Host Community Office Hours in EHT Tomorrow

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo will be hosting another edition of his "Community Office Hours" program tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29th between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Egg Harbor Township Library.

Assemblyman Mazzeo started this program shortly after being sworn into office in 2014 to provide residents the opportunity to meet with their legislators outside of normal office hours, at a convenient and easily accessible location in their community.

Anyone with additional questions may contact his district office at (609) 383-1388.

Mazzeo & Whelan Get $4 Million for Stockton's Atlantic City Gateway Campus Included in Proposed 2017 Budget

Today, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Senator Jim Whelan, both Democrats from Atlantic County, announced that their budget resolution for increased state aid for Stockton University's future campus in Atlantic City was included in the Legislature's Fiscal Year 2017 state budget that will be sent to Governor Christie.

A-4000, the Legislature's budget proposal, includes an additional line-item of $4,000,000 for Stockton's "Gateway Campus" being built in the Chelsea neighborhood of Atlantic City.

"Stockton's Gateway Campus is just the beginning of the effort to revitalize Atlantic City so that we can spur growth, investment and bring new jobs to local residents," said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. "Stockton is a world class university whose presence in Atlantic City brings nothing but positivity for the future of our city, its residents and the students lucky enough to be educated at the future Gateway Campus. We're proud to have fought the good fight, and won, to get this money included in the Legislature's budget."

"Historically, the State has provided funding to institutions of higher education when they have embarked on important expansions," said Senator Whelan. "As Stockton prepares to fulfill a dream of establishing a full campus in Atlantic City, it is only fair that the State assist Stockton in this effort. I urge the Governor to include these funds for Stockton when he takes action on the budget."

"We are grateful to Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo for sponsoring this budget resolution, and we hope that it will be included in the final budget" said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, president of Stockton University. "The Gateway Campus is a win-win for our university and our region. It will provide new opportunities to our students and faculty while at the same time injecting newfound energy into Atlantic City."

The 2017 Budget legislation includes $22.391 million in state appropriations to Stockton University of which $18.391 million is Grants-in-Aid from the state plus an additional $4 million in funds from a budget resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Mazzeo, Senator Whelan along with co-sponsors Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senator Chris Connors.

Both the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees are expected to approve the budget today. It then heads to the floors of the Senate and General Assembly for consideration next week.

Suleiman Elected Atlantic County Democratic Chair

EGG HARBOR CITY -- Michael Suleiman was unanimously elected Chairman of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee at tonight’s reorganization meeting.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received from the members of our party,” said Suleiman, of Galloway Township. “With the upcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections, I never thought I would have the honor of leading our party during this exciting time.”

Also elected to positions on the executive board were Mary Slomine of Margate as Vice Chair, Stephen Dicht of Ventnor as Treasurer, Sherry Elder of Atlantic City as Secretary, Ernest Aponte of Mullica Township as Deputy Treasurer, Wick Ward of Pleasantville as Assistant Secretary, and Nashir Sheikh, Rizwan Malik, and Steve Young, all from Atlantic City, as Sergeants-at-Arms.

“I look forward to working with Michael and the rest of the dedicated members of our executive board,” said Slomine. “We have a great team in place that is ready to grow and rejuvenate our party.”

“The differences between the two parties in Atlantic County could not be more clear,” said Suleiman. “While the Atlantic County Republicans support Donald Trump -- a man who boasts about putting hard-working Atlantic County residents out of work and who promotes hateful and offensive rhetoric, we will continue to support candidates at all levels of government who are fighting to reduce the growing financial burden on our residents, one family at a time.”

To learn more about the Atlantic County Democratic Committee or to get involved, go to atlanticdemocrats.com.

Primary Election Polling Place Moved in Hamilton Township

Attention residents of The Woodlands and Hamilton Greene in Mays Landing: your polling place for Tuesday's primary election has been moved to Oakcrest High School. Rides to the polls will be provided from 8:30 a.m. until the polls close at 8 p.m. If you or someone you know needs a ride to the polls, please call 609-350-9186 or 609-317-6116.

For more information about voting in this Tuesday's primary, please email info@atlanticdemocrats.com.

Whelan Statement on A.C. Recovery Legislation

Today, Senator Jim Whelan (D - Atlantic) released the following statement after the Senate approved the Atlantic City recovery bill package:

"While today's passage of Atlantic City recovery legislation is just the beginning in the fight to stabilize the city's finances, we have provided a much-needed lifeline to Atlantic City in order to avoid bankruptcy. It is now up to city government, the Mayor and City Council, to make very difficult decisions and offer a clear plan to balance its budget. I strongly urge the governor to sign these bills into law as soon as possible so we can begin to move forward."

Mazzeo to Hold Mobile Office During Richland Village Festival this Saturday

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo will be hosting the next installment of his "Community Office Hours Program" at the Richland Village Festival this Saturday, May 28th between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Assemblyman Mazzeo started this program to provide residents the opportunity to meet with their legislators outside of normal office hours, at a convenient and easily accessible location in their community. Assemblyman Mazzeo is excited to bring his office hours to such a popular, family friendly event in Buena Vista. Representatives from the office will be on hand to answer questions and have information available for assistance programs for seniors, veterans, and families.

WHAT: Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and his staff will be hosting his "Community Office Hours Program" at the Richland Village Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 28   10:00AM- 2:00PM


WHERE: Michael Debbi Park, Cedar Avenue, Richland, NJ